Georges Schreiber Figurative Print - Haying
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Georges Schreiber
Haying

1945

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The heartland of America is symbolized by these farmers loading hay. It is from an edition of 250 and was published by Associated American Artists. In the collection of Yale University and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Georges Schreiber (1904-1977) Georges Schreiber was born on April 25, 1904 in Brussels, Belgium. After studying in Berlin, London, Rome, Paris, and Florence, he moved to New York in 1928 and spent the rest of his life in the U.S. “I don’t want to be just an American with citizenship papers,” Schreiber declared. “I want to completely associate myself with America.” Besides his career as a lithographer, Schreiber was also a painter, illustrator, watercolorist as well as a teacher at the New School for Social Research. He was a regular contributor to several national magazines and an author and illustrator of several books. Over the course of his career, he exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Institute, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the White House Library, the Library of Congress and Bibliotheque Nationale, among others. He garnered numerous awards, including the William Tuthill Prize. Growing up in war-torn Europe, Schreiber was profoundly impacted by the horrors he witnessed. As a family of German descent living in Belgium during the First World War, the Schreibers were scorned by their neighbors; when they later returned to Germany, however, they were despised as Belgians. “All this has made me conscious of the times I live in . . . and the people I live with. It has made me strive with passion for human understanding in my work.” Schreiber studied art in Belgium, at the Academy of Fine Art in Berlin and in London; related travels took him to Paris, Rome and Florence. From 1925 to 1928, he worked as a free-lance artist for German newspapers, a line of work he would continue upon his arrival in American in 1928. By 1936, he was employed with the Works Project Administration. He visited each of the forty-eight states and would ultimately make five cross-country journeys, from New England to California, Florida to Oregon, capturing contemporary American scenes with honesty and attention to detail. Considered en masse, Schreiber’s ‘Panorama of America’ reveals the artist to be acutely aware of the world’s brutal realities and keenly attuned to the characters he portrayed so powerfully. Preferring rural to urban themes, his favorite composition was a lonely type set against a simple landscape background. “I want to live these people . . . not depict them” he said. In addition to creating these heartfelt images, Schreiber continued to work as an illustrator. He sketched the Bruno Hauptmann kidnapping trial, illustrated the book "Little Man What Now", contributed to "Life" and "Fortune" magazines, and earned wide acclaim for his caricatures. A 1936 publication entitled "Portraits and Self-Portraits" contained illustrations with short biographies of famous contemporary figures, all executed by Schreiber. During the Second World War, the United States Navy commissioned Schreiber to create paintings to use as posters. When fellow artists criticized him for this kind of work, Schreiber replied that “art for art’s sake” should be shelved for the duration of the war and voiced his approval of any medium which brought good art to great numbers of people.

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  • Dimensions
    H 8.19 in. x W 13 in.H 20.81 cm x W 33.02 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU84135670182
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